Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's A Card, It's A Book, It's a Cardbook!

I know that's not a real thing but look at this stinkin' cool card we made at The Paper Cottage yesterday. Val taught us to make this little spell book that opens on the front of this card. I just love all the little bits, including the blinged out spider die on the cover.




The inside of the card reads "Sometimes books can make everyday problems disappear" and the word disappear fades away. Isn't that so cute? I thought so!

How are your fall cards going? I don't often make them for other people, but I love the idea of fall and Halloween cards. If you like creepy cards, check out Creepy Glowbugg's blog for inspiration and fun viewing galore...or should I say gore? Hmmm...

Here's The Book Cover of the Week in keeping with a Halloween theme. If you're a Dr. Who fan, you'll understand why this is especially creepy to me. I hated the episodes with the gas masks.




Are you my mummy?


Runnnnn!!! Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pocket Card Ideas

If you love the pocket card scrapbooking that Project Life uses, then you probably have a lot of extra pocket cards. Or maybe you're like me and you just love the cards and buy them for card making or traditional layouts. At any rate, here are two ideas you can use for some extra cards.

I took some cards from Me & My Big Ideas that I got at Michael's and made them into favors. All you have to do is tuck them into plastic glasses and fill with candies. You can do this for a party or for a holiday dinner. If you want, use a permanent marker to write the guest's name on the glass.


The next idea I have for you is to create a calendar for your desk or as a gift. Take an acrylic frame from the craft store (about $2) and use cards as the background. You can insert holiday-themed cards, baby-related cards or wedding-style cards if you're giving one as a gift. If you google the words mini calendar, you'll find printables to make your own calendar. Easy and fun to make! 


What do you do with your extra cards? I have a bunch to use up :)
Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Bunnies To A Good Home

Saturday is International Rabbit Day and since I like bunnies, I've collected some free digi images for you to print and color to celebrate. 


This adorable girl bunny is from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps You can find all sorts of great stamps for crafting here, including some holiday ones if you're already working on that. Thanks to Mary Ellen Smith for making these adorable stamps available.

Here's a Mother's Day Bunny stamp that is stinkin' cute from Free Dearie Dolls too.



And, of course, the White Rabbit classic illustration is available as a freebie too.



And, while these bunnies aren't free, I super love them. You can check them out here.





Happy International Rabbit Day (a day early)!
Chark

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hello, Fall!

It's officially autumn here in Ohio and it's been chilly to prove that. Today I'm sharing a hello card made with Hero Arts digital flowers and inked with the Neon Red Hero Arts ink. 

I have to say it's like a muted neon red. The color is definitely not brick or barn red, because it's brighter than that. But it isn't scary neon either. I like it a lot for flower images. It really pops. 

Here, I've used a gold foiled paper and die cut the word Hello and then backed it with black paper and a red card. The black pearls are from Doodlebug Design.


Easy peasy and fun to color—I just swiped the pad across the image. You could use markers for more depth, but I was going for full-on color. You can see the gold paper reflecting under the hello. I love gold and black together, don't you?

You can get the flower image and the neon ink at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and if you wanna get 15% off your order (of $25 or more) just type in Chark15. And if you want to try out for the a2z Design Team and join me, check out the blog and my post on metal dies here!

Have a happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Child is Fair of Face

I was born on a Monday, so I guess I'm all "fair of face." Lol! I love that little rhyme, especially since both my kids were born on Sundays...so that makes them bonny and blithe!


And here's a segue for you—a baby card! I used Pretty Little Studio products and I just love their vintage die cuts, like this little guy and their printed vellum like the aqua wood grain here.



If you want to know what day you were born on, check day of birth. They'll also give you some more of your "characteristics" like I'm apparently soft-spoken and like to spend time with my family...while the second is true, the first...well, I don't think so! It also says I tend to have anemia-related problems and I do take iron sometimes for anemia. Hmmm, weird!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ohana Means Family

One of my daughter's favorite movies is Lilo and Stitch...it's not my favorite Disney movie, but it does have some great moments with the spunky Lilo and her sister. The phrase "Ohana means family" is pretty catchy too. Here's a vintage-y layout of my mom and her family from about 1948. 

I loovvee old photos, especially if they have my family in them. The paper is some older Bo Bunny that I won and really love, and I think the color and design are just perfect for vintage layouts. I used Tim Holtz washi and lots of bits I had in my stash, including a felt heart from who knows where :)





My mom is in the back on the right, next to her brother. Yep, these are hard-working farm folk and my mom remembers her first store-bought dress as a teen. My grandparents both came over from Hungary in the early 1900s and met here. Apparently, my grandma had a suitor and he brought candy to her...then my grandpa came to court and ate the candies. He's my kind of fella. I love family stories, don't you?

Happy Friday!
Chark